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Key to Geographical Ranges
The symbols K.A.C.F.M.An. are used to indicate the geographical range of the species. They have been adopted to give an approxomation of the range of each species within New Zealand.
Kermadec Islands
Aupourian - Kaipara Harbour, north around North Cape, encompassing the Three Kings Islands and south to East Cape
Cookian - Lower North Island and the northern part of the South Island
Forsterian - Otago, Fiordland and Stewart Island
Moriorian - Chatham Islands, Pitt Island
Antipodean - Subantarctic Islands of New Zealand
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North Island
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South Island
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Gastropoda (Phylum) > Mollusca (Subphylum) > Heterobranchia (Subclass) > Aplysiida (Order) > Aplysioidea (Superfamily) > Aplysiidae (Family)
Aplysiidae: Aplysiinae
Genus: Aplysia (Aplysia)map >
Aplysia (Aplysia) juliana (Quoy & Gaimard, 1832) (=nigra brunnea Hutton)
Length 300mm (animal)
North, South and Stewart Island. Intertidal and shallow subtidal. Also widespread in Pacific Ocean ACF
Length 350mm (animal)
Genus: Aplysia (Pruvotaplysia)map >
Height 29mm, Width 17mm, Length 75mm (animal)
North and South Island. Worldwide tropical KACF
Genus: Aplysia (Varria)map >
Aplysia (Varria) argus Rüppell & Leuckart, 1830 (=dactylomela of authors not Rang)
Height 40mm, Length 400mm (animal)
Northland. Worldwide in warm seas KA
Length 400mm (animal), Sea Hare. An active swimmer, vigorously flapping its large parapodia and flexing its body up and down
Kermadec Islands. Several specimens seen subtidally down to 30 metres in sand and fine gravel. Great Barrier Island below low tide KA
Height 70mm, Width 52mm, Length 250mm (animal)
North and South Islands. Also Society Islands ACF
Aplysiidae: Dolabriferinae
Genus: Dolabriferamap >
Dolabrifera brazieri G.B. Sowerby II, 1870
Height 16mm, Width 7mm, Length 100mm (animal)
Northland east coast. Also New South Wales, Australia and Kermadec Islands KA
Aplysiidae: Notarchinae
Genus: Bursatellamap >
Bursatella leachii Blainville, 1817 (=glauca Cheeseman)
Length 120mm (animal), Ragged Sea Hare. No internal shell
North Island A
Genus: Stylocheilusmap >
Stylocheilus longicauda (Quoy & Gaimard, 1825)
Length 75mm (animal), Shell absent. Slimmer body and longer tail than Bursatella leachii
Northland, low intertidal. Also New South Wales, Australia and Lord Howe Island, intertidal to subtidal down to at least 27 metres A
Stylocheilus striatus (Quoy & Gaimard, 1832)
Circum-tropical (Indo-West Pacific and Atlantic) A